In a show-down for 1st in the Northeast division, the Canadiens skated into Boston for the second game of a road back-to-back against the Bruins.
The Canadiens started the game with a bang, as Michael Ryder scored to give the Habs an early lead at 4:15 of the opening frame. That would be it for scoring in the 1st period as they went to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead.
The 2nd period started much the same way as the 1st, when PK Subban let a rocket go from the point at 2:53 of the 2nd. But just 39 seconds later, on a crazy possession in the Montreal zone, Dougie Hamilton scored to cut the Habs lead to 2-1.
Near the midway point of the 2nd, Brad Marchand beat Price to tie the game at 2. That goal came at 7:23 of the period. With just under 5 minutes to go in the 2nd, Patric Bergeron put one past Price to give Boston there first lead of the game.
Less than a minute after the Bruins 3rd goal, Nathan Horton finished of a pass from David Krejci on a 2-on-1 to cap-off the 2nd period scoring frenzy and give them a 4-2 lead and that’s how the period would end.
Peter Budaj was in goal to start the 3rd for Montreal in relief of Price, regained some momentum when Ryder finished of a 2-on-1 for his second goal of the game to cut the Bruins lead to 4-3 just 3:58 into the third.
The Bruins would go back up by two, after a goal by Tyler Seguin on a 2-on-1 with Marchand. The Canadiens would answer quickly when Gallagher beat Rask to the glove side to bring them back within a goal.
With just 1:27 left to go in the final frame, Boston defenseman Aaron Johnson was called for a delay of game penalty. Montreal then pulled Budaj to make it a 6-on-4 advantage.
Now with only 8.2 seconds left, Markov fired a shot from the point and it was deflected by Chara into the Bruins net to tie the game at 5-5. That is how the third period would end and they headed to overtime.
Nothing to exciting happened in overtime, except a Bruins powerplay chance with less then 2 minutes left, but they could not capitalize. This meant we were off to a shootout.
Budaj and Rask would combine to stop the first 11 shooters of the shootout, before Brendan Gallagher beat Rask with a wrist shot that just squeezed through his pads to put the Habs past the Bruins 6-5 in the shootout.
With the win, the Canadiens took over first in the Northeast division and 2nd in the Eastern conference with 47 points. Boston now sits one point behind with 46 points.
Three Stars of The Game:
1st – Michael Ryder: 2 goals
2nd – Patrice Bergeron: 1 goal, 3 assists
3rd – Tyler Seguin: 1 goal, 2 assists
Next Game: Saturday, April 30th when they host the Rangers.